Busy Days Call for Easy Dinners
There’s no time to wax poetic about family dinner. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Hope you all have a great week ahead.
Chicken and wild rice soup and a big green salad. I’m making this in the Instant Pot, but you could just as easily make it in a heavy soup pot on the stove.
Homemade pizza for individual pies. The dough needs to rise for a couple of hours but can be refrigerated overnight afterward (in case you want to have some later in the week). Grab your red sauce of choice (Rao’s for me!), pesto, pepperoni, and anything else that sounds good. Roasted shishitos to snack on while we shape our pizzas. If you don’t feel like making homemade dough, Trader Joe’s makes a great store-bought one, or grab your favorite frozen dough.
I want something VERY low maintenance tonight to keep things relaxed during midterms. Chicken tinga in the slow cooker instead of the Instant Pot, just add everything to the pot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8. I’ll have mine in a bowl over fresh spinach leaves with black beans, avocados, and salsa.
I have a holiday dinner tonight, so I’m leaving my family with the ultimate easy dinner. Baked tortellini (minus the Italian sausage most likely, because I already have the rest of the ingredients).
Last day of midterms, Jesus take the wheel. I have an afternoon cocktail and appetizer class, and I might just have to partake in one of these:
Pomegranate Smash Bourbon Cocktail
Makes one large or two smaller cocktails
- 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
- 1/2 ounce (about a generous squeeze) lemon juice
- 1 ounce ginger beer
- 1 dash orange bitters
Garnish: Sprig of thyme or rosemary
Combine the bourbon, juice, vermouth, lemon juice and ginger beer in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain it into an ice-filled cocktail glass.
Add a dash of orange bitters and garnish with fresh herbs.
Our last corporate cooking class of the season, and it’s a holiday dinner party menu for entertaining. I’m sure I’ll be completely zonked by the end of the day and I’ll probably be happy with a fried egg sandwich and a glass of wine. If you want something easy this weekend, I suggest this quick lamb ragu over polenta. Yes, you can make it with beef, but good ground lamb is delicious!
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